BUFFALO, NY - An investigation continues into the suspected hazing related death of a Buffalo State College student and former player on schools basketball team.
Bradley Doyley, 21, was a business major from Brooklyn who died last Thursday just a few months shy of graduating.
“In any personal injury case, or in any criminal case, it's like building a house brick by brick by brick,” said Attorney John Elmore, who was retained by Doyley’s family in the event of a civil case.
“We started building those bricks yesterday,” Elmore told WGRZ-TV, while revealing that beyond the Buffalo police investigation, he's now enlisted a former FBI investigator to probe the events leading up to Doyley's death.
“He's a very skilled investigator I think he's one of the best and there are people that want to talk to us,” said Elmore.
As police await toxicology results that could provide a link between Doyley's death and suspected hazing activity following his application to join the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the college quickly suspended the campus chapter of the fraternity. Alpha Phi Alpha’s national governing body did likewise pending the outcome of the investigation.
On its web site, the fraternity states that it, “strictly prohibits hazing in any form, whether physical or mental, as a term or condition of membership in the organization."
“The basic human instinct to belong is very strong and so, faced with wanting to join and wanting to belong, we find a lot of kids put up with things that they shouldn’t," said Emily N. Pualwan, Executive Director of HazingPrevention.Org - a national organization dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing.
Speaking to Two on Your Side from the group’s headquarters near Atlanta, Georgia Pualwan expressed her belief that strides are being made, despite the tragedies which still occur.
“I think we are making progress…we think there is much more media exposure around the issue of hazing, and we think there is a huge decrease in the tolerance of these practices,” said Pualwan, while noting that there are now laws in 46 states against hazing. “Students realize they can go to jail for this,” she said.
A Buffalo police source says toxicology results will be key to their investigation, but they could take up to 4 months to come through.
By that time, however, many potential witnesses could be out of town, with Buffalo State's semester ending in just over two months…perhaps adding to the urgency of finding out what caused Doyley’s death.
A memorial service will be held for Bradley Doyley on Wednesday at noon in the Houston Gym. The service will be open to all.